|Yesterday we went on a 7-hour excursion up the famous Nā Pali Coast and onward.|
The Nā Pali side of Kauai is accessible only by boat or helicopter because most of the cliffs are incredibly steep, dropping into the ocean down a 1000 to 2000 foot sheer face. Occasionally the cliffs part slightly to reveal a little flat land with a beach and often a waterfall where the water comes down from the rainy peaks above. An 11-mile trail allows really intrepid hikers to one such beach -- we talked to a young man who had walked down and camped there for a few days a year or so ago, using the waterfall as his shower. Some adventure!
Until around a century ago, villages of native Hawaiian people occupied some of these flatter sites, with a few hundred or a few thousand people farming the small, level area. A few bad storms drove them away. Hurricanes and gigantic winter swells from the North Pacific occasionally wash over most of the lower-lying lands.
|Len's incredible dolphin photo.|
|Birds on Lehua island near Niihau.|